Cows Escape St. Louis Slaugterhouse, Take to the Streets

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ST.LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV) – Six cattle escaped from a slaughterhouse in north St. Louis Thursday, interrupting traffic as they trotted through surrounding neighborhoods.

Witnesses reported seeing the cattle in the streets as employees from the Star Packing Co. and police tried to corral them onto a cattle trailer to bring them back to the plant in the Hyde Park neighborhood.

Police were called to the plant in the 3800 block of Cote Brilliante at about 1 p.m.

The cattle escaped through an unsecured door at the slaughterhouse, according to Fourth District Capt. Renee Kriesmann.

One of the cattle was captured at 14th and Destrehan Street; two others were at Little Sisters of the Poor in a fenced-in area; and three were in another area near 20th Street and Bremen Avenue.

SWAT officers responded with rifles as a precaution, Kriesmann said. Animal control officers and the Humane Society of Missouri were on hand to help, police said.

The cattle attracted groups of onlookers in each of the areas.

All six cattle were eventually captured around 6 p.m.

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